Richard Valpy DD (7 December 1754 – 28 March 1836) was a schoolmaster in Great Britain He was born the eldest son of Richard and Catherine Valpy in Jersey.
He was sent to schools in Normandy and Southampton, and completed his education at Pembroke College, Oxford. In 1777 he took orders. After holding a mastership at Bury, in 1781 he became head master of Reading grammar school, a post which he held for fifty years. From 1787 he held also the rectory of Stradishall, Suffolk. During the early part of Valpy's long head-mastership the school flourished greatly. At least 120 boys attended it.
He was the author of Greek and Latin grammars which enjoyed a large circulation. His Greek Delectus and Latin Delectus were long familiar to public school boys. He is said to have been a mighty flogger, and to have refused two bishoprics. In 1800 he was requested by his old pupils to sit for a full-length portrait and thirty years later, on the occasion of his jubilee, he was presented with a service of plate. Mary Mitford has spoken of him as vainer than a peacock.
The school was declining before Valpy's long reign closed. His successor was his son, Francis Valpy (1797-1882), appointed in 1830. Richard Valpy died in London. He is buried in an impressive mausoleum in front of the main chapel in Kensal Green Cemetery.
A statue was erected in St. Lawrence's Church to commemorate him.
25 MAR 1836.
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